Many believe that love is the fulfillment of all the commandments. They believe that just loving everyone is all G-d wants from us today. In a way it is, but is not. Let’s take a look through the verses in Galatians 5:13-15 to see what I am trying to convey.
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14
We are called to freedom. King David and James wrote about this same freedom. They both say Torah brings freedom. All throughout Galatians Paul is mostly dealing with one topic. Salvation! Salvation does not come by works but by faith. Here, Paul is stating as your are following the commandments don’t think you are assuring yourself salvation. Following the commandments….loving your neighbor, serving your neighbor through love is an expression of our faith.
The next verse is used to support the position that love is the only commandment today. Is this correct? Who gave Paul the right to change the commandments? G-d said in Deut. 4:2 and 12:32 not to add or subtract from His commandments. He said in ch 13 if someone comes telling you to not follow G-d and His commandments they are not from Him. Love does not replace the Torah. If we perform the commandments and do not have love then we do not fulfill the commandments. This is what Paul is saying. All through the Tanakh (Old Testament) we are told this. The prominent Rabbi’s through the time fault our people for one thing…lack of love. We are told the sacrifices are not what G-d wants. Why? Their was no love behind it. People were going through the motions only. In 1 Corinthian 13:1-3 Paul is saying the same thing again. In Romans 2:25 Paul says “If you circumcise your flesh, but hate your brother, you remain as uncircumcised“. If you are doing something without the love then you might as well not do it. Your heart matters.
Faith without love is worthless. For if you truly have faith, your love will spring forth. I hope you see that love is the fulfillment of all the commandments, but that love is not the only commandment.
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Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!